POETICS OF THE IMAGINARY: Reading sessions and communal dreaming

The summer academy takes on a slightly different shape each year. For this edition we invited Mala Kline again to set up a study room where we will together explore emergent language or ways to articulate knowledge that emerges from embodied practices.

“Bees are not genetically programmed to make hexagonal honeycombs and haven’t discovered that regular hexagons are the most efficient packing structure, but simply pack their wax structures next to one another, and the hexagonal shapes of the honeycomb emerge automatically due to the materiality of wax
and surface tension.”

Steven Shaviro

This year we will be exploring emergent language or ways of articulating knowledge that emerges from the embodied practices. Instead of using given forms such as academic writing, we will look at what are other ways of articulation and emerging formats of writing that make more sense and are closer to knowledge gained through artistic research.

The hexagon shape of the honeycomb emerges due to the material conditions of wax and surface tension. What then is a singular form of writing that emerges from the materiality of every of our singular embodied practices?
This question will be explored throughout the week through a combination of communal dreaming and reading sessions, guest lecturers who will introduce different forms of writing.

Mala Kline is a performer, choreographer and writer. She holds MA in theater (DasArts, Amsterdam) and PhD in philosophy (UL, Ljubljana). She is an artistic researcher at a.pass research center in Brussels and a volunteer post-doc researcher at Faculty of Arts and Philosophy (UG) as well as a member of S:PAM research center in Gent. She is a certified practitioner and teacher of Saphire™ practice (SOI, NYC). All her artistic and theoretical work is embedded in the practice of dreaming. In her author-based choreographic works she uses Saphire™ to facilitate individual and communal dreaming in order to create unique singular worlds weaved from and generated through the language of our dreaming. She has a private practice in Brussels and teaches Saphire™ internationally, in diverse educational, research and production contexts and settings.

Next to the session with Mala Kline, specialists busy with the subject are invited for lectures and conversations. We will start the week with an excursion outside of Amsterdam and we will visit a performance at Julidans Festival as part of the research.